N1LTV - Hank Riley, A SkyWarn Weather Spotter for Bristol County, Massachusetts, scales up the 50ft tower of The West Island Weather Station KA1WBH. The WIWS weather tower is cramped with sophisticated weather gear and SkyCam. Hank an electronics engineer was like a kid in a toy store up there today. http://www.westislandweather.com
West Island Weather Station , Fairhaven, MA July 19, 2010 at 12:25PM A lightning storm approaches with an interesting front line, or shelf cloud. This usually is an indicator of high winds aloft. A Westport man was struck by lightning in Dartmouth, MA, a shed was struck by lightning in Fairhaven, MA and destroyed by fire, and a house in Dartmouth was also struck by lightning.
As the Midwest got battered with brutal winter weather, a mild spring like storm brought in temperatures reaching 55.6 degrees this weekend. Heavy rain stayed in Rhode Island with totals reaching 5". Locally at the West Island South Point Station, the wind gusted to 54MPH at 2:09PM Sunday along with sustained 40MPH southeasterly breezes into the early evening. 1.17" of rain fell Sunday and .36" inches Monday for a storm total of 1.53". If this was all snow we could have been digging out from over 15" inches.
Isolated Thunderstorm right over Fairhaven and West Island this evening 945PM 2/18/2011, A cold front passing through the moist warm air from today.At 930 PM EST National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm capable of producing 40 mph wind gusts and small hail 4 miles southwest of Dartmouth... or about 11 miles southwest of New Bedford... moving east at 60 mph. * Some locations affected include... Vineyard Haven... Tisbury... Falmouth... Oak Bluffs... Mashpee and Hyannis. For your safety... get inside when this storm approaches. Winds may bestrong enough to bring down small branches. Minor street flooding andponding of water in poor drainage areas is also possible. NWS Message Posted Feb 18 2011 930PM. ?What was that hail?? (Email to MLBaron from Beth David Friday night 950PM) Rare rogue Thunderstorm briefly pounds Southcoast Not only was the locals caught off guard, the National Weather Service is still scratching their head on this one. A rare February thunderstorm seemed to have perked up out of nowhere last Friday night. Residents were questioning each other about seeing flashes in the partially moonlit sky but couldn?t figure it out until the rumblings of thunder could be heard as the rogue storm came overhead without warning. The small but potent storm cell passed over Southcoast at over 60 MPH, bringing nickel sized hail, strong winds and vivid lightning. ?At 930 PM EST National Weather Service Doppler radar indicated a strong thunderstorm capable of producing 40 mph wind gusts and small hail 4 miles southwest of Dartmouth... or about 11 miles southwest of New Bedford... moving east at 60 mph? This quote was the extent of the warning just 10 minutes before impact from the National Weather Service. Just for the record other parts of the Northeast were impacted by this system with pockets of severe weather from CT to NH. A strong cold front ran into a warm moist air mass in which the contrast was extreme enough to create this brief but powerful storm event. . Storm stats from westislandweather.com: Friday, Feb 18 945PM, nickel size hail reported from the Causeway. High Wind Gust: 50 MPH at 940PM, Barometer 29.19 at 935PM, .08" Rain. Moonlit skies w/ broken overcast at 1045PM
http://www.westislandweather.com/ Deadly storm exits this morning and spares SouthCoast it's full wrath.Storm radar signature over SouthCoast 435AM this morning. Less than a half inch of rain, and that appears to be it from this system.
As a front passes, a line of thunderstorms train across Buzzards Bay. This is the remnants of yesterdays deadly tornado outbreak yesterday in the Southeast. 4/28/11 2001HRS http://www.westislandweather.com/
The unstable atmosphere was getting more agitated all day with increased amounts of virga that eventually reached the ground as scattered sheets of rain showers training east in a narrow corridor. As a weather spotter I sensed that an interesting weather event was imminent. I waited for over 3 hours with a front row seat on the causeway before my intuition came true - a rainbow appeared over West Island. With the sun breaking through at the end of the day and light showers still active, the ingredients of a rainbow coalesced perfectly over West Island. No two people ever see the exact same rainbow because of the precise angle, however many witnessed a double-rainbow from the causeway as it arced over the island looking east. The phenomena lasted less than 2 minutes.Visit our web site for a full collection of photos taken before, during and after this event. http://www.westislandweather.com/
This well defined ocean storm system will bring in strong winds off the ocean from the northeast for the next few days as it backs in and meanders around awhile. Gale Warning posted at WIWS. http://www.westislandweather.com/